Otto Woodwork

American Made Since 2013

Sarah Carrier

Otto, New York
Otto Woodwork is family business passionate about making modern furniture and home goods, by hand, out of locally sourced sustainable wood.
New York

Tell us about your business.

We are a father (in-law) and daughter (in-law) custom woodworking design - build team. Dad is a retired math teacher, lifelong tinkerer from a long line of tinkerers who has been building custom furniture and cabinetwork for friends and family for decades. Daughter is a designer who got a chance to work with Dad when restoring our 1920’s bungalow. We had fun working together and decided this is the partnership we had both been looking for. We started by advertising products we had designed and built for our own home and have expanded to offer modern storage pieces and home goods. As our business grows we are making more utilitarian products for every day use in addition to our custom furniture pieces. We hope to grow our business enough to create meaningful, sustainable jobs in rural New York.

What makes your business stand out?

We harvest the majority of the wood we use ourselves from our home in Otto, NY and mill it in small batches at a local sawmill. Our products are unique because of our commitment to original and thoughtful design, locally sourced wood and the highest quality of craftsmanship.

What's the best business advice you've received?

"Try to find a way to do what no one else is doing". Not for the sake of novelty alone but so you don't have to worry about the competition.

Mark Your Calendar

  • Nominations
    June 3–Aug. 29, 2014

    Nominate yourself or other aspiring makers.

  • Judging
    June 23–Sept. 8, 2014

    Judges will select finalists throughout this period.

  • Online Voting
    Sept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014

    Vote for your favorite American makers.

  • Winners Announced
    Oct. 17, 2014

    2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.

  • American Made Event
    Nov. 7–8, 2014

    Join us for our annual event in New York City.